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Mental health index shows biggest decline among workers in the Prairies

The pandemic is affecting the mental health of people across the country, but it’s taking the biggest toll on individuals in the Prairies, according to Morneau Shepell.

The company’s Mental Health Index report showed the biggest decline in mental health in Alberta (down 14.3), Manitoba (down 13.5) and Saskatchewan (down 12.9) when compared to the benchmark.

In comparison, the Maritimes (down 12.4), Quebec (down 12.2), British Columbia (down 11.0) and Newfoundland and Labrador (down 10.9) fared slightly better and Ontario (down 10.7) had the smallest drop compared to the pre-2020 benchmark of 75.

“Expanding our research to identify the more granular trends affecting individuals in Canada was critical to better inform our support for those in need,” said Stephen Liptrap, president and chief executive officer. “While we expect individuals to feel different levels of anxiety depending on their unique situation, one thing that remains true is that business leaders have a responsibility to support the well-being of their people. Providing targeted, informed support that specifically addresses the anxieties individuals are facing is critical, especially in challenging times.”

Read more in Talent Canada.